Common Market: What Negotiations Are For

COMMON MARKETS

On cricket bats, polo sticks and tea, Britain and the European Common Market reached full accord last week. Such essential adjuncts to the British way of life will continue to be imported duty-free from India and Ceylon if Britain joins the Market. Despite such progress, the protracted negotiations for British admission came close to foundering over the pivotal issue of food prices.

From the start, Britain has insisted that it cannot join the European community without trade protection for Commonwealth food producers, chiefly New Zealand and Australia, whose grain, meat and dairy exports compete...

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